5.24.2010

ANDREW HARVEY: Author Scholar Mystic

A Journey In Ladakh is the vivid account of a journey by a young English poet in search of ancient Buddhist traditions. Ladakh, cut off by snow six months of the year, is where the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism is practiced, dating back 300 years before the birth of Christ.

Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, and teacher, and the author of over 30 books, including the critically acclaimed Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, Journey to Ladakh, The Return of the Mother, Son of Man, and The Direct Path: Creating a Journey to the Divine Using the World’s Mystical Traditions. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Andrew Harvey recommends "everyone read this book."

This is a uniquely beautiful, powerful, and important book–one that restores the deepest mysteries of ancient African wisdom at a time we need them most–Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and The Hope
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Between sessions of HH The Dalai Lama's recent Teachings in NYC on Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, author Andrew Harvey sat down with my friends and mesmerized us with stories from Linda Tucker's book Mystery of The White Lions: Children of The Sun God. As he is the author of over 30 books with his own "Amazon Andrew Harvey Page" and he is recommending everyone must read this book I'm listening.

"Linda Tucker’s first hand account of her journey into the legend of the White Lion.
After being rescued from a life-threatening encounter with lions in the Timbavati game region, Linda embarked on a journey into the mysteries of the White Lion, a mystical journey into the knowledge and ceremonies of Old Africa, in which humans and lions are able to cross the species barrier—in accordance with the most guarded secrets of Ancient Egypt and humankind’s greatest riddle, the sphinx.

The White Lion is a genetic rarity of Panthera leo, and occurred in just one region on earth: Timbavati. Today White Lions form the center of the notorious “canned” trophy hunting industry—hand-reared captive lions, shot in enclosures for gross sums of money. Shamans believe that killing a “lion sun god” is the ultimate sacrilege.
The story of the White Lions is a true legend unfolding in our own extraordinary times."
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The Oxford-trained authority on Rumi, Andrew Harvey was born in Coimbatore, India in 1952, where he lived until he was nine years old. It is this early period that he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred. He left India to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University in 1970 with a scholarship to study history. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship to All Soul’s College, England’s highest academic honor...over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices. He is Founding Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism Read Entire Bio

Andrew Harvey
Institute of Sacred Activism

4 comments:

Mona said...

Mystery of the White Lions sounds fascinating ~ thanks for passing along Harvey's recommendation.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

sounds magnificent - can't wait to grab a copy and just sent this out to several friends -

Bruce Barone said...

I keep coming back to this post to see something. I do not know what. I have a cat. I have had cats. A mystery. I am struck by this:

......his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred......

Look into his eyes. Into the cats eyes.

We are so blessed to see. Unity. Peace. Love. The Sacred.

Ange said...

Liz, thanks for sharing this post. What an amazing person. I'm dying to his books now. As well as Linda Tucker's ones. I must recommend it to my cousin too - who films lions. Another wonderful, soul-searching post. You lead a deeply rich life...